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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).

 

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News from Tampa Bay from The Tampa Tribune

With more rain expected early this week, wastewater may once again bubble over onto the city's streets as it did Saturday and early Sunday because pumping stations couldn't keep up with demand.

 

TAMPA -- The days of the Buccaneers trudging out to Tropicana Field or the University of South Florida to escape bad weather and unplayable field conditions at One Buc Place are coming to an end. One ...

 

TAMPA -- Second-year wide receiver Mike Evans scored big at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, even while he was running routes down the road apiece at One Buc Place. After setting a franchise record wi...

 

TAMPA -- The near-capacity crowd that came out and braved the threatening weather to watch the Buccaneers during their first public workout of training camp seemed to bring out the best in QB Jameis W...

 

Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO - The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next ye...

 

It has been more than a year since Nate Craig-Myers, Tampa Catholic's 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior star receiver, played a full-length, official football game. Craig-Myers, then the No. 1 junior in the ...

 

Associated Press BOSTON - James Loney knows it always feels better having a lucky hit at the right time. Asdrubal Cabrera had a game-tying RBI double and then scored on Loney's bloop single in the ei...

 

A high-speed chase involving a suspect in a Clearwater shooting ended in a fiery crash that sent two people to a hospital Sunday morning, Pinellas deputies said. The pursuit started after Clearwater p...

 

TAMPA -- Those with school-age children -- even those without who want to stock up on clothing, shoes, bags and classroom or office supplies -- stand to save a few bucks during this week's back-to-sch...

 

"Just another day," Robert Rans told me Friday, when asked how he will spend Aug. 1. "It's just another day." For most people, perhaps. But on Aug. 1, 1943, U.S. Army Air Corps Sta...

 
 

News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV

Beautiful weather for The Final Round         

 

Fans turned away from Funk Fest at Metro Park         

 

Michael Sam has been picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.     &...

 

Neighbors help mail carrier 'Stamp Out Hunger'         

 

Three boys are being questioned by officers after they were seen throwing homemade explosive devices in a Northside neighborhood.       &nbsp...

 

A 29-year-old woman was dragged beneath a vehicle near Oceanway on Saturday.         

 

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 8-year-old boy reported missing out of Miami, authorities said Saturday.        &...

 

An investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into a Publix supermarket in North Naples         

 

A Jacksonville man is in critical condition after his motorcycle hit another vehicle head-on Friday evening, authorities said.        &a...

 

Parents can oppose what textbooks are used in their children's classrooms         

 
 

South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel

It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to c...

 

Police say a South Florida man trying to teach his 12-year-old daughter about gun safety accidentally shot her in the arm.

 

The largest Florida corporate donor to a super political action committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential run is NextEra Energy Inc., the company that owns electric utility giant Florida P...

 

NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.

 

A Florida woman is dead and the driver of a New York City tour bus is among the injured after an early-morning highway crash in North Carolina.

 

The 14 display cases at Kennedy Space Center contain intensely personal mementoes and other items representing the astronauts who perished in the Challenger and Columbia accidents.

 

It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to c...

 

In his first Spanish-language television network interview since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush fielded questions ranging from the upcoming presid...

 

Florida A&M University has reached a tentative agreement with its faculty union on retroactive raise and bonuses.

 

Can't afford to send your kids to summer camp? Too hot to play camp games outside all day? Florida health officials have a solution. They're hosting an online summer camp for kids to promote exercise,...

 
 

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